Definition of leavings in US English:


plural noun

  • Things that have been left as worthless.

    ‘she dropped her lunch leavings into the trash’
    • ‘It would be an interesting exercise to create an index of all of the ‘digital leavings’ of those who have left us, as a sort of memorial and electronic mausoleum.’
    • ‘When questioned, he said that he was just eating up the leavings.’
    • ‘This concern cannot be a matter of a mere trickle down by which the weak live on the leavings of the powerful, but must be aimed directly at enabling the weak to share in the goods of life.’
    residue, remainder, remains, remnants, leftovers, scrapings, scraps, oddments, odds and ends, fragments, cast-offs, excess, surplus, rejects, junk, waste, dregs, refuse, rubbish, litter, debris, sweepings, detritus, lees
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